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“You mean this
isn’t non-dairy creamer?” ~ Parker
WASTELAND OF FLINT (Chicuacen Tonatiuh)
is an SF/mystery novel set in a moderately high-tech future. It focuses
on the adventures of Gretchen Andersson (a human xeno-archaeologist),
Green-Hummingbird (an Imperial political officer) and Lieutenant
Commander Mitsuharu Hadeishi (commander of the Imperial Méxica
Navy light cruiser Henry R.. Cornuelle) as they attempt to
rescue a stranded archaeological expedition from the planet Ephesus III.
The background setting is an alternate history – the
Méxica (Aztec) Empire rules humanity from Anahuac (Earth) – in a
dangerous universe filled with hidden inhuman powers. Humanity is only
a minor space-faring species on the fringe of a ferociously political
arena where ancient and enormous alien empires are engaged in
millennia-old struggles for supremacy.
Both Gretchen and Mitsuharu share deficiencies of birth in
Gretchen comes from an exiled Swedish family; their nation
destroyed by the Méxica in the final struggle for control of
Earth itself. Mitsuharu is born to an ancient Japanese clan, but while
the Nisei nation is an old and respected ally of the Méxica, the
Hadeishi are only a poor and ill-connected clan. Mitsuharu is the first
military officer from his family in generations, though the Hadeishi
are a samurai clan. Without political patronage or allies among the
ranks of the military orders (the Jaguar and the Eagle knights), it
seems very likely that Mitsuharu will be a small-ship commander for his
Clan and family govern social position and careers within
the Empire, with the Emperor and the Imperial Family forming the core
of an intricate web of blood-ties and clan alliances. Though there are
powerful non-Méxica clans (such as the Scottish and Irish
families which allied themselves with the Méxica during the wars
of conquest in Britannia and Europe), the vast majority of high
positions are held by nobles drawn from the seven Imperial clans and
their cadet branches. Caste status within the Empire is also defined by
owning land upon Anahuac itself, particularly within the confines of
|RimWorld Ventures xeno-archaeologist.
Middling height, short blonde hair. Graduate student from the “big”
University on New Aberdeen. A specialist in forensic xeno-archaeology.
Cheerful and pleasant to be around. Unexpectedly in command of the
Company’s relief mission to Ephesus III.
Gretchen is the sun that rises in the East, bright
and full of hope, inexperienced but seeking to learn of the world, her
raiment fresh. Though this is a traditionally male role, here the
depiction is reversed. For her, Green Hummingbird is emblematic of the
whole Imperial system holding down the conquered nations and stifling
science, learning and exploration
A wiry, bald old man – an Imperial race Náhuatl from
the ‘Center’ (the valley of Mexico, born in the priestly city of
Texcoco). The descendant of a very famous Aztec judge. He is the
political officer of the Cornuelle and a tlamantine, or
wise man – the ignorant would call him a nauallis, a sorcerer.
This is not to say he can perform magic, but he is privy to knowledge
about the universe that the Imperial government keeps from the common
people and even from its own scientific community.
Green Hummingbird (Huitziloxoctic) is the sun that
sets in the West, world-weary but filled with knowledge, struggling to
keep from falling into darkness, though the hostile stars tug at his
tattered robe. Traditionally this role is female, but here (as for
Gretchen) the depiction is reversed. For him, Gretchen is a truly
dangerous youth recklessly seeking to plunge headlong into matters and
knowledge which could destroy her, him and the Empire itself. He knows
too well how deadly the universe can be.
|The commanding officer of the Henry
R. Cornuelle, an Astronomer-class light cruiser assigned to
anti-piracy patrols in the Hittite sector. In an equivalent modern
naval rank, he would be a Lieutenant Commander. A short, slightly built
Nisei (Japanese born in North America) with stringy back hair, a neat
beard and mustache. His family is from New Yedo (our Seattle) on
Anahuac (Earth). Wry, soft-spoken and confident, he and his ship are
entrusted with carrying Andersson and her Company relief mission to
Ephesus III. Unlike many of his fellow officers, he is entirely content
with his honorable position and command.
Mitsuharu is the sun reaching its zenith in the
South, which is the domain of war (the god Huitzilopochtli) and
the great enemy of the Four Hundred Southerners (the demons of darkness
and the underworld). Mitsu’s pursuit of the Turan is the
contest of the ball court (the tlachco) as the sun descends
into the underworld during the passage of night and – at last, rises
victorious, restored and reborn.
Commander of the Apex Cartel mining and refinery ship Turan.
An old, bitter and antagonistic man who nurses an abiding hatred for
the Empire and its social systems. Ketcham was once an Imperial Navy
captain, but he left the service in disgust, his advancement stymied by
political enemies and his unfortunate birth. He comes from a long line
of German-Danish military officers. The Aztecs destroyed old Denmark in
their final victory. Like the Swedes, the opposition of Denmark to the
Méxica conquest means their families and clans are not related
(in any way, usually) to the Emperor or the Seven clans, and thus are
outside of the political center.
Captain Ketcham is the absence of the Sun in the North,
where there is only darkness, death and flinty wasteland. He represents
the Four Hundred Southerners and their great champion, the planet Venus
(Turan – from the Etruscan), which always challenges the Sun.
Read the first three and a half chapters of WASTELAND OF FLINT.
The first version of the Wasteland of Flint book proposal. The plot and
characters have changed substantially between this version and the
actual book, so you may find it interesting to see where WoF started,
as opposed to where it wound up!
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